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Author's profile photo Markus Haug

Building your career as an SAP Cloud Developer

In case you are new to SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP), then there is definitely a lot to learn.

Especially if you’re excited about one of the many solutions on SAP BTP, such as app development, data and analytics, integrating and automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and many more.

That being said, let’s get straight into it.

SAP BTP for Developers

So, if you’re new to SAP BTP and want to start developing on it, you might be wondering what SAP BTP is?

The answer is simple: SAP BTP is a cloud-based software development platform that allows you to develop, build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud.

Needless to say, SAP BTP offers much more than that. However, let’s focus on professional application development in this article.

SAP offers the SAP Business Application Studio (SAP BAS), a cloud-based development environment that includes a set of pre-configured development environments called Dev Spaces. Dev Spaces are fully-fledged development environments that are equipped with the runtimes and tools required for specific development scenarios. Each Dev Space is optimised for a specific development scenario. This means that it comes with a predefined set of tools that SAP believes are required for that scenario, e.g. for building SAP Fiori applications or full-stack applications with the SAP Cloud Application Programming Model (SAP CAP).

For running your enterprise applications on the SAP BTP, you can deploy and operate your applications in one of three available runtime environments:

  • SAP BTP, ABAP Environment: Develop ABAP cloud apps and extensions
  • SAP BTP, Cloud Foundry Runtime: Create apps based on open standards like Node.js, Python, Java, PHP, Ruby, Go, and more
  • SAP BTP, Kyma Runtime: Develop and run containerized workloads on a managed Kubernetes runtime

All of these environments are available as free tiers. That simply means that you can use them free of charge until the free tier service limit is reached. Once you reach the free tier capacity limit, you will be notified and you can update to one of our commercial models.

Get an overview of all available SAP BTP services and their pricing in the SAP Discovery Center:


Learn the fundamentals

Understanding the basics of cloud computing and the SAP Business Technology Platform is important to begin your journey as a developer on the SAP BTP.

SAP Learning offers a wide range of learning journeys helping you to build your career as a SAP developer. You will find beginner and even intermediate level courses, with hands-on exercises, so you can practice directly on the SAP BTP and get real-world experience.

For getting started, I highly recommend enrolling in the Discover SAP Business Technology Platform course. The course is perfect to understand the big picture and SAP’s cloud strategy.


Discover SAP Business Technology Platform Learning Journey

Get your hands-on

After you have learned all the fundamentals, you can for example start learning how to develop, build and deploy an enterprise-ready application in the SAP Business Application Studio.

The Developing with SAP Extension Suite learning journey will guide you through the process of building a side-by-side extension application using the SAP Cloud Application Programming Model (CAP), Node.js framework, and other tools of the SAP Extension Suite.

After completing this journey, you will have gained an overview of key features, services, and tools and you will be able to make use of them in future extension projects on the SAP Business Technology Platform.

For the ABAP development on the SAP BTP, I highly recommend the Get Started with ABAP Programming on SAP BTP learning journey. This learning journey will introduce you to the basics of ABAP programming on SAP Business Technology Platform.

Discover more learning journeys for developers.

Show your skills

Once you have a solid foundation, you can start sharing your skill badges to demonstrate your skills and get hired by companies looking for SAP developers.

Skill badges are offered by different learning journeys. Furthermore, many of our journeys will prepare you for a SAP Certification. SAP certifications are a great way to validate your skills, set you apart from the crowd, and demonstrate you have the knowledge you need to succeed.


SAP Certification Overview

What are you waiting for? Start learning for free on the SAP Learning platform and become an SAP Cloud Developer!

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      Author's profile photo Denys van Kempen
      Denys van Kempen

      Thanks Markus Haug, excellent overview!

      For those interested getting started as SAP BTP developer, see also the getting started series from the SAP HANA Academy for hands-on tutorials

      Author's profile photo Markus Haug
      Markus Haug
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Denys van Kempen, for sharing the great onboarding article. Might also be very helpful for new SAP Cloud Developers.

      Author's profile photo Pavan Golesar
      Pavan Golesar

      Thank you for nice post!

      Author's profile photo Devilliers Ferdrich MAKOUANGOUH
      Devilliers Ferdrich MAKOUANGOUH

      Great content for me to clarify my career in SAP. Thank you

      Author's profile photo Feras Ahmad
      Feras Ahmad

      Thanks for sharing! really helpful !